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Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1981-02-28

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Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1981-02-28

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Candyman, Little Red Rooster-> Big Railroad Blues, Althea, Let It Grow, Deal Cold Rain & Snow-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Ship of Fools, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Uptown Theater
Location Chicago, IL

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > Cassette Master > DAT(0)
Transferred by Dick Latvala


SBD > Cassette Master > DAT(0) (Reel> DAT transfer by Dick); DAT(1) > ZA2> Soundforge (15db sampled tape hiss noise reduction filter)> CD Architect > CDR Master (by Jim Wise); CDR Master > EAC in secure mode (see below) > Soundforge (minor editing and crossfading) > CDWAV > SHNv3 w/seek tables appended (by Jamie Lutch); see info file for flaw notes; d1 tracked for 80 min


Reviewer: kbmill - - June 17, 2015
Subject: bread crumb
I was intrigued by Cold Rain and Snow second set opener. It's a rare second set song to begin with, but when it was played in that set, it was not uncommon as an opener. From 1980 until the end there are 21 second set Cold Rain and Snows. Most are set openers, and when it isn't, it is always the second song because Bobby opened the set with something and then Jerry exerted his will to play it.
Reviewer: njpg - favorite - March 1, 2013
Subject: --
Couldn't tell you what the show is like, because it's too hard to listen to the crappy soundboard. Bobby's crappy vocals are at least 10 decibels louder than all the instruments.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2009
Subject: 2-28-81
Good show and recording. If you have a little shelf stereo with no subwoofer the bass is not very prominant.
Reviewer: invisiblemindcircus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2008
Subject: token rhyme, suggesting rhythm
When I was 15 a friend from work would wear a dead shirt everyday. One day I asked him what the skull and lighting bolt was all about and the next day he came to work with this show. I knew nothing of the dead, I am now forever grateful.

beautifully euphoric jams in They Love Each Other and Althea. and Terrapin, wow.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2006
Subject: Better than the previous night
Not a bad show, but not great. The vocals aren't the best, but they are better than the previous night, and this is the better show. In this recording, in places, Brent is mixed louder than Jerry, who is playing well. Very annoying when Brent's sustained cords are drowning out Jerry wailing on Deal. (This seems to have been fixed in Cold Rain and Snow.) Jerry also plays well on Lost Sailor, though Bob gives us a less than stellar Saint. The space jam coming out of drums is noteworthy after about 4 minutes, and a highlight of the show. The Other One has lots of energy, but is ruined by Bob's vocal, and again, the keyboard is too loud. Jerry does only slightly better on Stella. Stella and Around and Around have a weird echo effect that can be annoying. Around and Around and Good Love are pretty good, though the latter fades out. One More Saturday is also pretty good, though Bob misses several entrances.
Reviewer: notenuff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2006
Subject: Sing-along-Dead
There are no standouts here.However, I must tell you ,aside from a Betty board this is one of the better sounding boards I've heard.Especially from this era.Ir's not a great show,pretty much a sing-along,but Jesus the QUALITY of it makes it worth it.The vocals are OUTSTANDING! That said nothing really stands out.Garcia and Brent high in the mix(Weir not prominent).Not many highlights,but for the Quality alone this is a MUST listen
Reviewer: dutch101 - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2006
Subject: Good and Bad
Good quality recording, pretty good setlist. Lots of lyrical flubs, and some spotty playing. Some really good songs, and seems to kind of bridge the gap for me, having LISTENED and collected primarialy '76 and earlier stuff, and only having SEEN very late stuff. Interesting show though, and the Uptown Theater has an interesting history.
Reviewer: jfk62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2005
Subject: Grateful for deadboots
SBD still available for download at Excellent recording. I'm surprised how badly Jerry's voice already sounds, but he tries hard -playing is still great.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2005
Subject: Spectacular Let it grow
Not sure how anyone can take issue with anything about this show it freeking rocks start to finish. Space into Other One takes forever ;)and Brent sounds like Keith Emerson on the Moog.
Reviewer: pg60 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2005
Subject: terrapin was magic
the uptown was my favorite place. small with tons of atmosphere.

i was feeling a little down, it was the last night and 2nd set had sailor->circumstance which I was getting tired of.

i moved up to the balcony for the best Terrapin that I ever saw. truly uplifting.
Reviewer: GEff - favoritefavorite - March 1, 2005
Subject: Weak Show
Sorry to disagree with everyone else, but this is one of the weakest Dead shows I've downloaded. Sloppy musically, some intermittant problems with out of tune guitars & horrible vocals. I know the Dead had a tendency to sing flat, but this is much worse then normal. Great sound, though.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2004
Subject: nearly flawless
I would give this night out of the 3 the serious nod...although they are all very nice. This is certainly one of the very best recordings in my collection. VERY crisp. And the show, well as stated before Jerry sounds as good as he would ever be again...and the band is sooo tight.
I think this is one of the best Terrapins I have ever heard...absolutely fantastic. The same for Ship.
Super interesting Bobby throughout as well...the beginning of the cheese, but before it gets out of control. Evident in The Other One...and man does Phil drop some bombs.
Go for the d.l. now..Superb. The first 5 star rating i've given.
Reviewer: Patty Falafal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2004
Subject: wow
what a 3 day run!!!!! all with impeccable sound and playing throughout...taking all three shows on my next roadtrip for sure! Big Thanks to archive and all those inspired to put this wonderful material out there for all to share (what a concept in today's world). Makes my little mind truly a much more pleasurable existence to be in...words cannot describe the appreciation for y'all so I'll stop cause I think you understand...5 stars for all three shows and 10 stars for archive!
Reviewer: stealthhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2004
Subject: utterly suberb..........
i'm so glad the othe reviewers and old pals of mine recommended these shows for the d/l..this show is unbelievably crisp, clear, energetic and just one complete amazing..jerry sounds a plays amazingly, the band is tight as a drum.....example of early 80's best of the best...i must say this is a 5 star special.........
Reviewer: Chester Burnett - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2004
Subject: Nice Show.
This show has killer sound and perhaps my favorite Ship of Fools. Jerry's voice, as well as the bacground vocals, simply sound amazing on that song. The Lost Sailor/Circumstance is also quite nice. Great show but a five star rating has to be reserved for the all-time greats, e.g. 5/8/77, 5/24/72, etc.
Reviewer: bigbeahner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2004
Subject: 2/26,27,28/81 SBD>Cass. Master>DAT
Theese are some of my favorite sounding shows, excellent job on the transfer. And a superb remaster by Jim Wise. Not to mention the shows are all killer preformances...
I stronglly encourage any admirer of the early 80's to grab theese...
Reviewer: fez_43 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2004
Subject: some comments
just a slight trace of hiss present...mostly just noticable only during quiet instrumental segments and when your eq is jacked up all the way on the high end. sick show
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